Guide to Accessing the Computer Science Department Servers

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Accessing your files on basin
    1. Windows Users
    2. Mac Users
    3. Linux Users
  3. Shell access via SSH
    1. Windows Users
    2. Mac Users
    3. Linux Users

Introduction

All personal directories are stored on our computer science server called basin. When you log into a machine in one of the computer science labs, your files are accessed from this server. You can also access these files from your own computer or another computer on campus.

Accessing your files on basin

If you are connecting to the campus network via wireless, choose the MiddleburyCollege network. (See the LIS documentation for more detail.) If you need to access your files from off-campus, you'll need to use a VPN connection.

Windows Users

To access your basin files, open My Computer. In the address bar, type \\basin\username with your username filled in. When asked for your username and password, use MIDD\username (with your username filled in), and your home directory should be shown. You can then access the files as if they are on your computer.

To map basin as a network drive (like tigercat and classes), right click on My Computer and select Map Network Drive. Choose a drive letter, and type \\basin\username into the location field. Use MIDD\username for your username. Check the Reconnect at login box if you want it to automatically connect every time you start your computer. Click OK, and your basin folder will show up as the assigned drive letter in My Computer.

Mac Users

Go to the finder, and select Connect to Server from the Go menu. Type smb://basin in the Server Address box, and click Connect. When it asks you, provide your basin username and password. Click OK, and a new Finder window will open containing your files.

Linux Users

If you have Konqueror, type smb://basin/username into the location bar, and enter your username and password when prompted. If you have Nautilus, select Connect to Server from the file menu. Select Windows Share for Service Type, and enter /username under share. Click Connect, and enter your username and password when prompted. The domain doesn't matter.

Shell access via SSH

SSH provides command line access to basin. This works from off-campus as well as on-campus. Unless you know something about Linux, this probably won't be useful to you.

Windows Users

The easiest way to connect through SSH is to use PuTTY, which is a free download. Go to the PuTTY download site and select the download link called putty.exe. Download and run putty.exe. Select the SSH option, type basin.cs.middlebury.edu for the host, and click Open. Type in your username and password when prompted, and you are connected.

Mac Users

Open a terminal and type ssh username@basin.cs.middlebury.edu, substituting your username. Type in your password when prompted.

Linux Users

Open a terminal, and type ssh username@basin.cs.middlebury.edu, substituting your username. Type in your password when prompted.